Dungarvan is set for another year of gastronomical delights as the West Waterford Festival of Food returns for its 9th year. For three days the beautiful coastal town of Dungarvan and its surrounding countryside will welcome some of Ireland’s finest chefs, producers, stall-holders and food businesses.
From the 15th to the 17th of April food lovers can enjoy a range of events, markets and pop up restaurants as the festival celebrates the future of food with its theme The Changing Kitchen. This year the festival will be focusing the up-and-coming faces in Irish food and the trends that are set to dominate the culinary world for the next year.
One of the highlights of the programme this year will be the hotly anticipated pop-up dinner by Robin Gill in The Tannery. Flying the flag for young Irish talent over the pond, Robin’s stock is set to rise even higher in 2016.
There will be more well-known faces in residence on Sunday as Mickael Viljanen, Graham Neville and Keiran Glennon host Sunday lunch. This will be a unique opportunity for festival-goers to experience some of the finest cooking currently happening on this island.
Other highlights focusing on The Changing Kitchen includes the aptly titled Gourmet Garbage Dinner, which will see Louise Clark of Nude Food host a food waste dinner at her Dungarvan café, highlighting the many uses for food which would normally get thrown away.
Popular events at the festival are returning such as the Farmer’s Market, Seafood Saturday and the town hall demos. Javier Garduno of El Sombrero will join Lily Ramirez Foran to highlight a selection of Mexican cooking skills, and Kwanghi Chan will be giving a masterclass in Asian street food.
With nutrition now a hot topic for many foodies, the festival has also created a special venue The Health Hub that is dedicated to the latest health and wellness food trends.
For festival-goers who enjoy the finer things in life, Declan Maxwell will host Afternoon Tea at Lismore Castle. Head Butler Denis Nevin and his team will be serving the finest tea accompanied by sweet and savoury delicacies from the skilled hand of Judit McNally of Ormond Café.
An integral part of this year’s programme, given the theme of The Changing Kitchen, are the little cooks. With a schedule of events perfect for toddlers to teens, the festival will see your little chefs shine with events such as Busy with Biscuits and workshops including one for little pizza chefs.
This year’s West Waterford Festival of Food celebrating The Changing Kitchen is the perfect way to experience Ireland’s vibrant food culture, and every day is a great day out for all the family!
Tickets for all events are on sale now. For bookings and enquiries contact 058 21433 or visit www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com